MAX Plugins.de News Archive

Archived Plugin News  –  September 2012
 

Plugin Update: Import / Export

Changes for v1.0.0 R1 are:
- Adds support for Max 2013 (32-bit only)


New Plugin: Modifiers

VoroFrag is a Voronoi fracturing modifier which supports convex, concave and hollow meshes, and can fragment open sufaces without creating a volume. It allows the creation of gaps between fragments, as well as letting you detach fragments into separate nodes. It also respects mapping coordinates and normals.


Plugin Update: Modelling

Changes for v0.9.1 are:
- Gizmo manipulation has been improved

AutoWrinkles is available for Max 2009 to 2013 and costs €50. A demo version is available here.


Plugin Update: Import / Export

Changes for v1.3.14 are:
- Fixes a bug when opening the download page from the update check
- Adds support for Max 2013 (32-bit only)
- Adds a full rewrite of the installer
- Adds a new easier-to-use quad menu integration
- Fixes instructions always being evaluated, even if the checkbox was disabled

NmoTion is available for Max 2010 to 2013 and costs €219. A demo version is available here.


Plugin Update: Utilities

Changes for v1.00.03 are:
- Fixes errors being thrown if the license system is not present when the plugin loads

PoseSaver is available for Max 2009 to 2013 and costs $19.95.


Plugin Update: Renderers

Changes for v0.1.2.44 are:
- Adds support for GPU rendering
- Adds support for multiple UVs


Plugin Update: Import / Export

Changes for v1.12 are:
- You can now remove coplanar faces in windows and doors
- Adds support for single-material mode with VrayWireColor
- Adds gamma corrected material colors
- Improvements in materials
- Improvements to UVW map rotation
- Improvements to management of presets

Din3D Importer is available for Max 2010 to 2013 and costs €59. A demo version is available here.


Plugin Update: Renderers

Changes for v1.1 are:
- Fixes the CallFunction() error

Promenadd VIZ is available for Max 2009 to 2013and normally costs $495. For a limited time you can purchase a license for $295. A demo version is available here.


Plugin Update: Modelling / Texturing

Changes for v4.3.3.0 are:
- Fixes a bug importing OBJ as a morph target
- Fixes a few minor issues keeping the morph manager strengths in sync

Blacksmith3D Suite is available for Max 9 to 2013 and costs $299.95. A demo version is available here.


Plugin Update: Import / Export

Changes for Build 1788 are:
- Bug-fixes


New Plugin: Import / Export

The Replic8 exporter allows you to export geometry, materials and animations as Replic8 Equipment (.r8e) files for use in the Replic8 Editor, a software editing tool for producing interactive 3D learning materials.

Replic8 Exporter is available for Max 2010 to 2012 and costs $295. A demo version is available here.


Plugin Update: Import / Export

Changes for Beta 14576 are:
- Adds support for Max 2013 (32-bit and 64-bit)


Plugin Update: Utilities

Changes for v2.1 are:
- Adds an option to automatically save VFB+ output together with Max output
- Adds support for capturing the image from RTT automatically at the end of render
- You can now save the image while the render is in progress or paused
- Introduces substantial optimizations in resource usage (on by default)
- Adds a new 'Spacing' parameter for tiled images in Stamper
- Some Stamper functionality has been exposed to MAXScript
- Adds a 10% option for preview render
- Adds new Reset buttons for all color correction panels
- Adds new hotkeys for switching display channels
- Adds an option to control what value the gamma spinner resets to
- Adds an option to disable color correction and/or gamma for saved images
- Preview render tooltips now display the resulting pixel size of the selected percentage
- Adds an option to disable histogram updating during render (on by default)
- If VFB+ v1.52 or earlier is detected, an option is now given to automatically uninstall it
- Fixes a VFB+ crash when viewing render elements with negative values when gamma is not 1.0
- 'Frame' and 'RenderTime' Stamper variables now update after render
- VFB+ now works even if the Max script vfb_methods.ms is missing

VFB+ is available for Max 2009 to 2013 and costs $19. A demo version is available here.


Plugin Update: Animation / Particles

Changes for v1.59.01 are:
- RayFire Cracks modifier: adds animated 3D cracks inside refractive objects
- Interactive demolition by velocity
- Adds a size filter for simulation objects so smaller objects don't get added to the simulation

Thanks to Shawn Olson for pointing me to the correct ChangeLog.

RayFire Tool is available for Max 2009 to 2013 and costs $325. A demo version is available here.


Plugin Update: Utilities

Changes for v2.6.2 are:
- A number of smaller general improvements
- Changes the way renderers are launched to fix some problems with some renderers
- The memory statistics of clients are now stored correctly

RenderPal is available for Max 9 to 2013 and costs €49 per node. A demo version is available here.


Plugin Update: Particles

Changes for SP1 are:
- Particle Groups now have a new check box: 'Do Not Cache'
- The Simulation cache now displays more information while recording
- Fixes fR's instancing feature displaying errors when used with tP
- Fixes several Unicode issues in Max 2013
- Disable Redraw while caching is now more accurate and robust
- tP volumeBreaker mesh-update combined with the Intersect operator has been fixed
- Fixes memory issues with large numbers of particles combined with the Intersect node
- BlackBoxes containing a Memory node in Max 2013 no longer crash on load
- The internal function 'intersect ray' used by many tP nodes no longer crashes
- BulletPhysics now responds better when changing from a kinematic to an active state
- MAXScript calls have been added to control the Export node

Update: I have just noticed that Cebas have changed the press release to state that Demolition Master is not included in the Service Pack, contrary to what they wrote in it originally. I've removed the reference to Demolition Master from the list of changes above.

ThinkingParticles is available for Max 2010 to 2013 and costs €1495. A demo version is available here.


Plugin Update: Renderers

Changes for v1.0d are:
- Fixes panorama seams when using the V-Ray Physical Camera
- Fixes a problem with incomplete light precalculation
- A rendering path is now created when using the light precalculation keyframe button

Promenadd VIZ is available for Max 2009 to 2013and normally costs $495. For a limited time you can purchase a license for $295. A demo version is available here.


Plugin Update: Animation / Particles

Changes for v1.2 are:
- Export rollout adds geometry and debris export
- New 'Custom objects' rollout sends objects to any group and tracks their motion
- Adds a new group: 'Deflector activation'
- Activators will now break 'concrete big objects', 'concrete small objects' and 'wood objects'
- Activators can now be created procedurally based on impact point
- DM 1.2 is created with TP5 and fully supports TP5

Demolition Master is available for Max 2010 to 2013 and costs $25. A demo version is available here.


Plugin Update: Import / Export

Changes for v2.9.10.0 are:
- Fixes the XSI morph animation export
- Adds a 'Rest Pose' node that yields the rest pose for the model
- Updates the Wii SDK version to 2.07.03
- Fixes an alignment macro that fails for certain versions of GCC
- Adds GrannyGetFileInfoType / GrannyClearOldStructures for forward compatibility
- Fixes conditional checking for loop transitions
- Fixes an invalid pose from the Pose Storage node if the model changed incompatibly
- Header now checks and enforces sizeof(enum) == sizeof(int32)
- Slight compile change for Xenon
- Fixes an option error in TouchVersion preprocessor command

Granny Exporter is available for Max 6 to 2013, and is part of the Granny Toolkit which costs $17,500.


Plugin Update: Renderers

Changes for v2.0.2 are:
- Fixes the memory leaks when rendering long animations
- Fixes some ioapi.h errors that made Max display some unnecessary warnings
- Adds a new RC IES node to support IES spotlights the same as in the stand-alone
- Fixes a pre-Unicode bug affecting the Load and Save .rcm file dialogs
- Adds the ability to load .frm files from the Load .rcm button
- Adds support for output amount, output level, and RGB offset in standard Max bitmaps
- Adds support for spherical and screen mapping in standard Max bitmaps
- Adds support for modulating environment / background power with the output amount
- Added new entries to the manual about the environment, background and sky system
- Fixes the Open Library button in the base RCM node

Max Live is available for Max 2010 to 2013 and costs €595.


Plugin Update: Import / Export

Changes for Build 06.09.2012 are:
- Adds support for Max 2013 (64-bit only)
- Fixes flipped UV's
- Skinned meshes can now be exported
- Fixes node transform and pivot
- Fixes animation transformations and rotations
- Adds a new sample scene


Plugin Update: Utilities

Changes for v1.515 are:
- Adds support for Max 2013 (64-bit only)

Point Oven is available for Max 6 to 2013 and costs $99. A demo version is available here.


New Plugin: Renderers

Maxigo is a render plugin that allows you to access and use Indigo Renderer inside Max. It started life as a MAXScript exporter, but is now a C++ plugin, making it much faster.

Changes since the last MAXScript version include:
- Complete rewrite in C++
- Adds a new unified material type - MaxigoMtl
- Adds a new material type - MaxigoLnk
- Adds material previews inside standard preview slots
- Adds support for Slate Material Editor
- 'Color Correction map' now exports using the correct bitmap resolution
- Adds a new light layers system
- Adds global Displacement and Bump multipliers
- Adds Clay Mode
- Adds support for new Sky model
- Adds a GPU switch
- Adds a console mode
- Adds support for Max default lights
- Adds support for various photometric light shapes
- Adds support for V-Ray lights
- Adds support for Mental Ray and V-Ray sky portals
- Adds custom parameters to standard cameras
- Scene export is now faster
- Export of instances is now faster
- Improved V-Ray material conversion
- Removed igm/pigm import/export


Plugin Update: Utilities

Changes for v6.4 are:
- Adds the Qube! MobileView app for simple monitoring on smartphones
- New QBLocker adds the ability to control how much of a workstation is available to the render farm
- Adds priority limits so that non-privileged users can't submit jobs at highest priority
- Frame retry on different hosts is now specified on submission
- Reports can now display the reasons why a job is pending
- Adds GUI-based Worker removal with a right-mouse click
- Adds MySQL Check/Repair from inside the Qube! GUI
- QubeGUI 'Studio Overrides' lets you set mandatory GUI preferences and defaults for an entire studio
- Adds dynamic allocation for Nuke and Houdini
- Various Max improvements
- Better V-Ray support
- Context menus are now permissions-aware

Qube! is available for Max 7 to 2013 and costs $250 (worker license) / $500 (supervisor license). A demo version is available here.


New Plugin: Modelling

AutoWrinkles is a geometry modifier designed for fast and easy creation of secondary deformations for adding realism to a model. The modifier has a lot of options for randomization, is easy to use, and can generate displacement maps which can be used to get good results without overcomplicating the objects topology.

AutoWrinkles is available for Max 2009 to 2013 and costs €50. A demo version is available here.


Plugin News: News from Craft Animations

It's been very quiet at Craft Animations for the past year or so, but now there has been a change of management, and they are gearing up for the release of their Director Studio plugins for Max 2013. Over the next few months we should see the product updates on their website, and they are also working on new products.


Plugin Update: Animation

Changes for v3.4 are:
- Saving default settings no works correctly in Max 2013
- Using syllabic input no longer fails
- Fixes a bug with the Microsoft SAPI integration

Voice-O-Matic is available for Max 6 to 2013 and costs $349. A demo version is available here.


Plugin Update: Animation

Changes for v1.6 are:
- Fixes a Deformer List highlighted color issue
- Improved compatibility with Max 2013

Hercules is available for Max 6 to 2013 and costs $499. A demo version is available here.


Plugin Update: Modelling / Animation

Changes for v2.5 are:
- Fixes automatic Voice-O-Matic configuration sometimes failing
- Fixes the FS Eyes WSM modifier sometimes failing

Facial Studio is available for Max 6 to 2013 and costs $499. A demo version is available here.


Plugin Update: Renderers

Changes for v3.07 are:
- Enhanced the scripting functions for Pencil+ Line
- Output is now correct when using a semi-transparent map with a Pencil+ Material Zone
- The Pencil+ Perspective Deform Modifier settings are now saved correctly
- Fixes a display error in the Pencil+ Stroke UI
- Fixes a rare crash problem when applying a Pencil+ Stroke to the map of a Pencil+ Line

Pencil+ is available for Max 2010 to 2013 and costs ¥52,500. A demo version is available here.


New Plugin: Renderers

Promenadd VIZ automatically renders scenes based on paths set by the user, and then collects all of the rendered footage together to generate a 360° panorama which can be viewed anywhere using the promenadd HD Player.

Promenadd VIZ is available for Max 2009 to 2013. At the moment there is no information on pricing. A demo version is available here.


Plugin Update: Import / Export

Changes for v3.38 are:
- Adds support for Unwrap3D v3.38


Plugin Update: Utilities

Changes for v2.0.1 are:
- Adds new Platform, Lights and Reflectors plugins
- Adds a new platform type - 'C'
- Adds 'Round Segs' and 'Round Sides' parameters to the Platform object
- Adds 5 new pre-built scenes - Portrait Studio
- Updated help file
- Bug-fixes

V-Ray Studio Setup Pro is available for Max 2010 to 2013 and costs €60.


Plugin Update: Renderers

Changes for v6.0.0.28 are:
- You can now capture video with the 64-bit version of Nova Studio
- Fixes a bug when using DrawEdges with the DirectX 9 provider

Nova Studio 2010 Ultimate is available for Max 7 to 2011 and costs €3490. A demo version is available here.


Plugin Update: Particles / Animation

Changes for v1.59 are:
- New RayFire Cracks modifier creates animated 3D cracks inside refractive objects
- Particle Flow support: convert particles to objects on the fly and simulate them further

RayFire Tool is available for Max 2009 to 2013 and costs $325. A demo version is available here.


Plugin Update: Modelling

Changes for v1.7 are:
- Visual Pivot Placer: faster calculation of the local bounding box of the object
- Scale Tool: faster calculation of the dimension of the object
- In-volume Scatter: fixes random move only on one axis
- Clone between: fixes resetting of clones when right-clicking to reset number of copies
- Live Measure: numerous improvements

miauu's Script Pack is available for Max 9 to 2013 and costs €12.


Plugin Update: Import / Export

Changes for v3.17.14 are:
- The FBX mesh importer can now read vertex colors
- Fixes an important memory leak in the FBX importer
- Fixes several problems supporting Photoshop CS6
- Fixes a problem that was causing the topology mismatch dialog to show
- Removed several warning dialogs that should not appear in batch mode
- Fixes a bug that caused derivative maps to invert in the 3D viewer using DX 9/10
- Recompiled with the latest libraries (Optix 2.5.1, OpenRL 1.1R3, JRE 1.7u6, FBX 2013.2, Crosswalk 2013.0)


Plugin Update: Import / Export

Changes for Build 1785 are:
- Bug-fixes


Plugin Update: Import / Export

Changes for 2013 are:
- Adds support for Max 2013 (32-bit and 64-bit)

Onyx2Max is available for Max 2010 to 2013 and costs $95.


Plugin Update: Modelling

Changes for v2013 are:
- Adds support for Max 2013 (32-bit and 64-bit)

Tree Storm is available for Max 9 to 2013 and costs $495.


Plugin Update: Particles

Changes for v1.074 are:
- Adds support for Max 2013 (32-bit and 64-bit)


Plugin Update: Renderers

Changes for v0.3.51 beta are:
- Adds support for Max 2013 (32-bit and 64-bit)


Plugin Update: MAXScript Extensions

Changes for v1.24 are:
- Adds support for Max 2013 (64-bit only)
- Helium is now open-source, and the plugin comes with the source code